Are you a prospective BCom student? Confused about what courses to take in your pre-professional (pre-Business) year? Don't worry! We have some tips to help you with your registration.
If you are completing your pre-professional studies at the U of A, you will be registering for your courses on Bear Tracks. Bear Tracks can be confusing so make sure to check out the User Guide and watch the video tutorials. In addition, every March and April in Edmonton, Calgary, and Vancouver, the Office of the Registrar organizes Registration 101 workshops. Be sure to attend one of these workshops if you require additional registration help! If you cannot attend the workshop, the presentation and tip sheets are available on the Registration 101 website.
All applicants to the BCom program are required to complete one year of pre-professional study in another program. In the pre-professional year, students must complete a minimum of 24 units of course weight (8 courses weighted 3 ucw each), but are permitted to register in a maximum of 30 units of course weight (ucw).
You must complete 18 ucw in required courses (listed below). This means that you must complete 6 ucw to 12 ucw in electives of your choice. It is a good idea to choose electives based on an area of interest and courses that you feel you can do well in, so that you can maintain a competitive grade point average (GPA) in your pre-professional year. You can browse different course descriptions through
Some BCom majors (such as East Asian Studies, European Studies, International Business, Latin American Studies and Management & Information Systems) require specific non-business electives, such as language or Computing Science courses. These electives may be taken in your pre-professional year. Please consult the U of A Calendar for information on majors in the BCom program.
Some students choose to take the minimum number of courses (24 ucw) in their pre-professional year so they can concentrate on doing well with a reduced course load. However, all first year students can take between 24 ucw and 30 ucw in their pre-professional year. You may want to consult with an advisor in your current faculty to determine if there is a minimum amount of courses that you should be completing in your first year of study. Applicants at another post-secondary institution should speak with an advisor at their institution.
In your pre-professional year, you must register in the following courses which are required for admission to the BCom program:
ENGLISH (6 ucw) – Choose two of any junior level (100-level) English course (students may substitute WRS 101 or WRS 102 for one junior English course)
ECONOMICS 101 (3 ucw) – Introduction to Microeconomics
ECONOMICS 102 (3 ucw) – Introduction to Macroeconomics
MATHEMATICS 114 (3 ucw) – Elementary Calculus I
STATISTICS 151 (3 ucw) – Introduction to Applied Statistics I
Studying at another institution
Students taking these courses at another post-secondary institution, should be taking university-transferable equivalent courses. If you are attending an institution in Alberta, consult the Alberta Transfer Guide. If you are completing your pre-professional year at an institution in another province or country, you should email the Undergraduate Program Office at email@example.com for information on course equivalents at your post-secondary institution.
Applying for Admission
You must consult the U of A Calendar for detailed BCom admission information. Ensure that you submit the U of A application for admission form by March 1st in your pre-professional year. Students who apply (and submit official interim transcripts if attending another post-secondary institution) by February 15th will be assessed for early admission. If you are attending another post-secondary institution, your official transcripts and documents are required by June 15th. If you are a U of A student, you are not required to submit your U of A transcript.
If you have questions about the BCom program, you can speak with an advisor in the Undergraduate Program Office. It is a good idea for you to check in with our Prospective Student Advisor at some point in your first semester, to ensure you are on the right track in your pre-professional year. Advising hours for prospective students are listed here. If you cannot come to the office in-person, you can send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Undergraduate Program Office at 780.492.5773.